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The school standards rebellion

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Florida students no longer need chemistry, physics or Algebra II to graduate from high school. Texas just scrapped its Algebra II requirement. And the Washington state board of education last month reversed its own resolution calling for a foreign language mandate, over concerns that it appeared too elitist. A standards rebellion — or in the...

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 24, 2014 11:48 AM

Push-back leading to reduced standards. The rationale for educating students with skills that will get them jobs *NOW* may seem rational and effective *NOW*, but that's not what planning or preparation is. I agree with the statement that vocational skills are valuable, but also agree that students should also be challenged to reach standards of other students. My conderns mirror those indicated in this statement: "Especially worrisome: The risk that low-income and minority students, as well as children with disabilities, could be pushed into the vocational tracks."

 

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Common-Standards Supports for Teachers Eyed - Teacher Beat - Education Week

Common-Standards Supports for Teachers Eyed - Teacher Beat - Education Week | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it

Five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are beginning work on an initiative to create an open-source "platform" that would help teachers access, download, and create resources tied to the common standards, officials from the Council of Chief State School Officers told us today.


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What Are Next Generation Science Standards? - LiveScience.com

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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of internationally benchmarked science standards for K-12 science education, published in April 2013.
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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

 

Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a widely-read and discussed paper that was entitled: “A True Test: Toward More Authentic and Equitable Assessment” that was published in the Phi Delta Kappan. I believe the phrase was my coining, made when I worked with Ted Sizer at the Coalition of Essential Schools, as a way of describing “true” tests as opposed to merely academic and unrealistic school tests. I first used the phrase in print in an article for Educational Leadership entitled “Teaching to the (Authentic) Test” in the April 1989 issue.


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Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:57 PM

This article offers great insight into what authentic assessment is. It was very helpful in telling me precisely what authentic assessment is and how it can be used in the classroom. The author’s main point is that many people and educators have ruined the meaning of authentic assessment so he wants to clear the air and be very direct with his definition of authentic assessment. It will certainly try to implement authentic assessment into my classroom and teaching. Authentic assessment is much needed in our “standardized testing world.” If a teacher uses authentic assessment right they can help their students more fully and deeply understand the material they are being assessed on as well as grow in many “real world” skills. Authentic assessment provides a way in which students can take ownership of what they have learned and how they can apply it. 

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Standardized tests: Killing education? - Orlando Sentinel

Standardized tests: Killing education? - Orlando Sentinel | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
Standardized tests: Killing education?
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On Wednesday, the College Board unveiled makeover plans for the SAT, shrinking the new test it plans to trot out in 2016 to two sections and an optional essay.
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A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it

This post is born out of a discussion I had with a fellow teacher on the Facebook page of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on the differences between summative and formative assessment. Luckily this discussion coincided with me reading Frey and Fisher's book " Literacy 2.0 : Reading and Writing in The 21st Century Classroom." and there was a section in which the authors talked about these differences in a subtle way by referring to formative assessment as assessment for learning and summative assessment as assessment of learning.


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Caitlyn Tumo's curator insight, April 10, 2014 11:04 AM

This website does a great job with breaking down the differences between formative and summative assessment.

Greg Mohlke's curator insight, April 13, 2014 8:57 PM

This at-a-glance chart really defines summative and formative assessment concisely. I'm going to keep this chart handy so I don't confuse the two-types of assessment in the future. 

Kenny Evans's curator insight, April 13, 2014 9:13 PM

This is a helpful chart to help distinguish the difference between summative and formative assessment. I will keep this handy for when I'm deciding if my assessment is one of the two.

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Comprehensive Assessment

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Learn how new types of education assessment that measure the full range of student abilities -- academic, technical, cultural and interpersonal skills -- is a real-world improvement on the artificial measures of paper-and-pencil testing.

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The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo describes the differences between formative and summative assessment.


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Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:24 PM

This blog post by Larry Ferlazzo is a great resource. On this blog he gives a short synopsis of what formative assessment is and then he creates a sort of “best of” list of the websites and articles that have helped him think and plan for formative assessment. I think something that he has taught me has been showing me all that formative assessment can teach. It not only helps the students know where they are at but more importantly lets the teacher know where their students are at. It is very important for teachers to not just formally assess their students but to then take the information and let it change the way they are teaching. This will allow a teacher to react to changes and better help their students learn the material. 

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

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Common Core State Standards: They are not a curriculum. They are standards. -

Common Core State Standards: They are not a curriculum. They are standards. - | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it

Common Core: It's not a curriculum. It's a standard.  - A little rant about what the real issue is!

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:50 PM

Teachers/Districts/States can choose whichever or whatever curriculum they want to use to meet the standards. I’m not making a statement about whether the standards are good or bad. I’m just saying that ...

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A Unique Approach To Pre And Post-Assessments

A Unique Approach To Pre And Post-Assessments | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
A Unique Approach To Pre And Post-Assessments

 

by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education

One of my favorite stories concerns the legendary basketball coach John Wooden. He always gave himself a research project in the off season. As recounted in the insightful and practical book You Haven’t Taught If They Haven’t Learned, one year Wooden’s UCLA Bruins had done a poor job at shooting fouls. What did Wooden do? Call up the coaches of the best foul-shooting teams as well as the best-shooting players to find out what they did in practice. He learned a vital lesson: too often, foul-shooting was not done under game conditions in every day practice.


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Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:44 PM

This great resource talked about the value of pre and post assessment. That is giving a form of assessment at the beginning of the teaching time period and then giving the same assessment at the end. This was something that I have thought about very little. I think it is a great tool that can be used to really check and see if your students have learned the key targets that you wanted them to learn. I think that it can be very insightful for the teacher because it will help to show just how much students have learned over the course of the year and things they maybe didn’t learn as well. It can also be helpful for the students to see what they have learned and realized that they have accomplished something. It just requires that teachers follow through with it.  

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Designing Good Tests: Principles Into Practice

Designing Good Tests: Principles Into Practice | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
Keith Morrow is the editor of ELT Journal and has worked in language testing for many years. He was involved in developing some of the first ‘communicative’ language tests, and is curre...

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Students Pass Most SOL Tests at High Rates

Students in Fairfax County Public Schools continue to pass SOL tests at a high rate.
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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment

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"As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There are (at least) three aspects of rigorous assessments."


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 8, 2014 1:16 PM

We've been talking a lot lately about "authentic" assessment.


Here are the three statements discussed in this post. 

1. The Assessment Is Appropriate

2. The Assignment Is Purposeful

3. The Assessment Promotes Understanding

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:53 PM

Rigourous curriculum and assessment is important. These three points are ones that we are continuously focus on. A good read,

Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:35 PM

This is a great resource that really describes clearly and concisely what makes a great assessment but it took it one step further by talking about rigor. The first point is that good assessments need to be appropriate. This talks about how the assessment needs to be about what students learned but more importantly it needs to talk about and address what the students learned in a challenging way. If the assessment is too easy then students will not be truly assessed on the material and thus the assessment will be weak. The second point is that assessment needs to be purposeful. It is good for your students to finish an assessment and for them to clearly see what they have produced from that assessment. The third point is that the assessment should allow students to come away with some deeper form of understanding on the topic. I think something that I have taken away from this article is that assessment can be a great tool for deepening students understanding and really giving them something to be able to look back and know that they have accomplished something. 

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How To Use Formative Assessment With (And Without) Technology - Edudemic

How To Use Formative Assessment With (And Without) Technology - Edudemic | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
Formative assessment tends to be a little more nebulous, and perhaps harder to nail it down with technology.

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Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:05 PM

This was a neat little info graphic that gave some quick little snippets of insight into formative assessment. A point I liked was, “formative assessment is not a part of the grading process but it is a part of the instructional process.” I thought this was very helpful to think about, and a nice way to summarize the difference between formative and summative assessment. I also really like how the info graphic had ideas for formative assessment with and without technology. One of the suggestions for without technology was to have students fill out an exit ticket to allow them to leave. They had to write out one thing they learned from the lesson or some teachers can make their students summarize the lesson in a paragraph. One of my favorite technological formative assessments was when the teacher made a hashtag on twitter for students to use as a discussion forum. 

Kenny Evans's curator insight, April 13, 2014 10:23 PM

Since I can not keep my smart phone out of my hands on a day to day basis this is a great link to ideas in incorporating technology with assessment in the classroom as well as ideas for formative assessment without technology.

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Common-Core Online Practice Tests Unveiled

Common-Core Online Practice Tests Unveiled | State of Educational Assessment | Scoop.it
A group designing tests to go with the common-core online assessments has released practice tests for students, teachers, and parents.

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